Detroit Lions 30 v Minnesota Vikings 23: Thanksgiving Day Inactives

Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving Day TD

DETROIT, Sporting Alert — The following are the inactive players for the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings for the Thanksgiving Day NFL Week 12.

Both teams will battle at Ford Field in Detroit with game time set for 12:30 PM ET and live television coverage on FOX and streaming on Fox Sports GO.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st Quarter
Vikings TD K.Rudolph 1 yd. pass from C.Keenum (kick blocked) Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards in 6:59
Vikings TD C.Keenum 9 yd. run (K.Forbath kick is good) Drive: 3 plays, 39 yards in 0:56


2nd Quarter
Lions FG M.Prater 32 yd. Field Goal Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards in 5:33
Vikings TD K.Rudolph 22 yd. pass from C.Keenum (K.Forbath kick is good) Drive: 5 plays, 74 yards in 1:21
Lions TD M.Jones 6 yd. pass from M.Stafford (M.Prater kick is good) Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards in 0:27


3rd Quarter
Vikings TD
L.Murray 2 yd. run (K.Forbath kick is good) Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards in 2:08
Lions FG M.Prater 32 yd. Field Goal Drive: 12 plays, 61 yards in 5:44
Lions FG M.Prater 50 yd. Field Goal Drive: 8 plays, 40 yards in 4:01


4th Quarter
Lions TD
M.Jones 43 yd. pass from M.Stafford (M.Prater kick is good) Drive: 3 plays, 39 yards in 0:33
Vikings FG K.Forbath 36 yd. Field Goal Drive: 9 plays, 45 yards in 2:39


For the Lions (6-4) defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is active for today’s game and will be hoping to make an impact like he did when he delivered a top performance on Thanksgiving in 2015 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

It is the first time Ansah will be active since the Monday Night Football game at the Packers.

Meanwhile, as expected, fellow defensive end Dwight Freeney, who joined the Lions on Wednesday, one day after he was waived by the Seahawks, is inactive, following his late arrival to Detroit.

He’s expected to contribute extensively for the Lions further down in the fixtures, but is just not ready to play in such a quick turnaround after he featured for Seattle in Monday night’s game.

Also inactive for the Lions on Thanksgiving Day are running backs Dwayne Washington and Jamal Agnew, cornerback and offensive linemen Don Barclay and Emmett Cleary, along with defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga.

Meanwhile, for the Vikings, Andrew Sendejo and Brian Robison, who were both listed as questionable entering today, are active.

However, as expected, offensive lineman Mike Remmers (concussion), is inactive again and misses his third game in a row since going down in the first five minutes of the clash against the Cleveland Browns game.

Minnesota says Rashod Hill, who has played well in the previous two games, will start in his place at right tackle for the third consecutive start.

Among the inactive players today are quarterback Kyle Sloter, wide receiver and running back Mack Brown.

Minnesota (8-2) is riding a six-game winning streak entering this game, while the Lions have won three straight.

Minnesota Vikings inactives: OT Mike Remmers (concussion), QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, RB Mack Brown, OT Aviante Collins, DE Tashawn Bower, DT Jaleel Johnson.

Detroit Lions inactives: DE Dwight Freeney, DE Jeremiah Valoaga, CB Jamal Agnew, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Tion Green, OL Don Barclay, OL Emmett Cleary.

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings How To Watch Live; Preview

Ezekiel Elliott: Dallas Cowboys

MINNEAPOLIS, Sporting Alert – In form Dallas Cowboys return to action on NFL Thursday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Game time on Thursday is set for 8:25 PM, with live coverage on NBC and streaming live on the NBC Sports Online.

The Cowboys (10-1) head into the clash with a 62 percent chance to beat Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

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Dallas is going in search of its 11th straight win this season, while the Vikings (6-5), who have dropped five of their last six games, will try and do something only the New York Giants have done so far this season.

That is to hand the NFC East division leaders a defeat for the first time since their opening game.

Cowboys Leading Rookies

Rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are having an outstanding first season in Dallas and the experts believe the Vikings must step up on defense if they are going to stop the visitors from rolling them over in their own back yard.

The pair have been so good this season that Tony Romo, who recently returned from injury, is now the backup to Prescott and might not play again this term, while Elliott is being “hailed by many as perhaps the best running back to enter the league since veteran Adrian Peterson.”

Elliott, who was drafted fourth overall by Dallas after deciding to leave Ohio State at the end of last term, currently leads the NFL with 1,199 rushing yards and sits second in rushing touchdowns with 11.

With five more games left in the regular season, he is expected to breeze past Peterson’s rookie numbers of 1,341 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007.

Elliott, who ran for 97 yards and a pair of scores in the 31-26 victory over Washington on Thanksgiving, will need special attention on Thursday night, something Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has acknowledged.

“Well, he’s one of the better backs I’ve seen in quite a while,” Zimmer said.

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“He’s really an all-purpose guy that catches the ball very well out of the backfield. He’s quick into the hole; looks like he’s got great vision … He’s special.”

Zimmer also praised the early efforts of Prescott, who has so far thrown for 2,835 yards and 18 touchdowns, with a 108.6 quarterback rating, which ranks fourth in the league.

Meanwhile, Minnesota enters this home matchup in need of a win after failing to get positive results recently.

The Vikings opened the season with a 5-0 record, but then dropped four in a row after coming off a bye week.

Although they recovered to beat the Arizona Cardinals and stop the bleed in Week 11, they suffered another defeat on Thanksgiving, losing 16-13 to the Lions and need another pick-me-up.

“Obviously, I think everyone’s a little bit frustrated right now,” Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who is carrying an ankle injury that limitted him in Monday and Tuesday’s practice, said.

“For whatever reason, we just weren’t able to come back off the bye and play the way we have those first five games, and I think anytime you go through a stretch like we’ve had, people do get frustrated and it’s tough.”

Bradford, who has passed for 2,415 yards and 12 TDs this season, could face his stiffest test so far against a Dallas line that will force him to get rid of the ball very quickly.

Minnesota will be without running back Peterson, who is recovering from a knee injury, while cornerback Marcus Sherels (rib) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) have also been ruled out.

NFL Week 5 Schedule, Game Times, Channels: Oct. 9

CLEVELAND, Sporting Alert – NFL Week 5 schedule continues on Sunday with another loaded program, with all games streaming live on the NFL Network.

Follow All NFL Week 5 Schedule Games and Live State on NFL.com, ESPN.com

A total of 12 games are on the schedule for today with the Sunday Night Football game pitting the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers together, live NBC at 8:30pm ET.

Before that, though, there are seven games kicking off at 1:00pm, including the clash between New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Ohio.

This clash will be interesting, not because of the matchup, but for the fact that star quarterback Tom Brady will make his season debut, as he is activated again by New England, with the ‘Deflategate’ coming to an end with the four-game suspension.

The Patriots, who are looking to bounce back from last week’s 16-0 shut out defeat at home against the Buffalo Bills, are given a 76 percent chance of winning against the Browns, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

Brady’s connection with Rob Gronkowski, who is healthier this week, will also be vital in going forward.

Meanwhile, coming off their bye week last week, the Philadelphia Eagles, one of only three undefeated teams left in the NFL this year, go in search of their fourth successive victory this season against the Detriot Lions.

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is off to a flying start with the Eagles, passing for five touchdowns from three games so far this season for 769 yards.

Philadelphia has a 66 percent chance of winning Sunday’s game, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

Also on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos, the other two undefeated clubs left this season, will also be in action.

The Vikings (4-0) play hosts to the Houston Texans at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, while the Broncos, who have announced that Paxton Lynch will be handed his first NFL start, are up against the Atlanta Falcons at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Atlanta (3-1) has won three in succession since losing its opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Elsewhere on the NFL Week 5 schedule, the Dallas Cowboys (3-1), who have won three in a row, will host the Cincinnati Bengals, while the Washington Redskins are against the Baltimore Ravens.

Monday Night Football sees the struggling Carolina Panthers, without leader Cam Newton taking on the Buccaneers, who have dropped their last three games.

Teams on a bye in NFL Week 5 are the Kansas City Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL Week 5 Schedule – 2016
Live Stream, TV Channels and Game Times
Sunday, October 9

New England Patriots at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS FirstEnergy Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM FOX Ford Field
Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM FOX Lucas Oil Stadium
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM CBS Hard Rock Stadium
Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM FOX M&T Bank Stadium
Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM CBS U.S. Bank Stadium
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS Heinz Field
Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos 4:05 PM FOX Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS AT&T Stadium
Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams 4:25 PM CBS Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM CBS Oakland Coliseum

NFL Week 5 Schedule:
NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers 8:30 PM NBC, Live Online Streaming Lambeau Field

NFL Week 5 Schedule:
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Monday, October 10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 8:30 PM ESPN, WatchESPN Bank of America Stadium

Who Are The 3 Undefeated Teams Left In The NFL?

Minnesota Vikings NFL

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – There are three remaining undefeated teams left in the NFL, following the latest set of fixtures, which included this past Monday night battle.

Still carrying perfect records heading into the latest list of fixtures are the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

Broncos (4-0) have started the season with four successive wins, as newly founded quarterback Trevor Siemian has been driving the defending Super Bowl champions forward.

Siemian left Sunday’s 27-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with two minutes remaining in the first half with a left shoulder injury.

Siemian is currently listed as day-to-day and could be held out of practice this week, but is likely to be available during Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

If Siemian is unable to play this weekend, Paxton Lynch, who replaced him and made his NFL debut last Sunday against the Buccaneers, will make his first start.

Also winning four straight games to begin the new season are the Vikings (4-0), who have beaten Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and most recently the New York Giants.

After getting the better of Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 3, Sam Bradford led Minnesota past Eli Manning and the Giants in Monday Night Football.

The Vikings, who never trailed in the contest, recorded a 24-10 win and make their first 4-0 start since 2009.

“I think they like to compete,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “I think they like to go out there and prove to everybody that they can be talked about with other good teams in this league.”

The Vikings will look to improve to 5-0 when they host the Houston Texans (3-1) on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) are the other club still without a defeat thus far this season.

The Eagles continued their impressive start to the new season with a 34-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers – rookie quarterback Carson Wentz going 23-of-31 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, in what was his best performance of the season so far.

The Eagles are 3-0 and are well-positioned to make the playoffs, many NFL pundits believe.

How To Watch Cardinals-Vikings NFL TNF: Dec. 10

Cardinal v Vikings

ARIZONA, Sporting Alert – NFL Week 14 fixtures get going on Thursday with the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Arizona Cardinals at U of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

The Cardinals (10-2) will look to clinch the NFC West Division with a win in Thursday Night Football, while pushing their current win streak to seven games.

Entering this game, Arizona is allowing 19.3 points per game, which is fourth in the NFL this season, but is expected to be tested by a Vikings offense that will be led by star running back Adrian Peterson, who has tallied 1,182 total yards rushing.

Defensively, both teams are giving up identical 19.3 points per battle, so it could come down to the most productive offense.

The Cardinals are scoring 31.8 points per game — No. 1 in the NFL this season — but Minnesota (8-4) is only scoring 19.8 points per game, which is only better than for teams in the league.

Last time out for Arizona, they cruised to a comfortable 27-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams, while covering in the game as a 3.5-point favorite.

In that matchup, quarterback Carson Palmer passed for 356 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for a QBR of 87.4.

Meanwhile, when the Vikings last played, they were beaten 38-7 by the reigning two-time NFC West champions Seattle Seahawks, and as a result, failed to cover in that game as the 3-point underdogs.

Arizona comes in as a 10.5-point favorite to beat the Vikings, this is according to VegasInsider, with the game’s total sitting at 46.5.

In early team news, for the Minnesota Vikings, it is now confirmed that defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot), who is regarded as the team’s best defender, has been ruled out of the clash with the Cardinals.

Also missing this game for the Vikings are linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) and safeties Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring) and Andrew Sendejo (knee).

This game will be live on the NFL Network, while there are still 689 tickets available from $105. Game time is set for 8:25 PM ET.

Carlos Hyde, 49ers Beat Vikings 20-3: Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football

Carlos Hyde finished off a delightful spin move by diving into the end zone to give the San Francisco 49ers a 7-0 lead over the Minnesota Vikings in their NFL Monday Night Football game.

Live coverage of the game is on ESPN and the WatchESPN App

Hyde rushed 12 times so far for 83 yards. Colin Kaepernick has so far thrown 9 of 14 passes for 78 yards without an interception for San Francisco.

At the same time though, experienced 49ers running back Reggie Bush was carted off to the locker room after picking up a left calf injury. He was questionable for a return, but the club is now confirming that he is done for this game.

INACTIVE PLAYERS

Earlier the Vikings listed tackle Jeremiah Sirles, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Edmond Robinson among the inactive players tonight for this game.

On the inactive list as well were quarterback Taylor Heinicke, tight end Chase Ford, who is still be bothered by a shoulder problem and defensive end Justin Trattou.

The club’s official website also confirmed that Gerald Hodges starts as middle linebacker and Andrew Sendejo will start alongside Harrison Smith at safety.

For the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver DeAndrew White, running back Mike Davis and corner back Shareece Wright are among the inactive players tonight.

Meanwhile, former Australian rugby league player Jarryd Hayne makes his NFL regular season debut after he was listed on the final roster for the game.

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson makes his first appearance this season for the Vikings after missing the preseason activities.

49ers Inactives: WR DeAndrew White, RB Mike Davis, CB Shareece Wright, G Brandon Thomas, NT Mike Purcell, C Nick Easton, LB Corey Lemonier

Vikings Inactives: QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Stefon Diggs, LB Edmond Robinson, T Jeremiah Sirles, TE Chase Ford, DE Justin Trattou.

UPDATED: Week 3 NFL Preseason Scores and Results

Vikings 2015 preseason

TEXAS, Sporting Alert – NFL preseason scores and the results from the games that took place in Week 3.

NFL Preseason Scores In Week 3

Sunday, August 30

Houston 27, New Orleans 13
Arizona 30, Oakland 23

Saturday, August 29

Pittsburgh 19, Buffalo 43,
Atlanta 19, Miami 13,
Cleveland 31, Tampa Bay 7
Minnesota 28, Dallas 14
New York Jets 28 New York Giants 18
Chicago 10, Cincinnati 21
Washington 31, Baltimore 13
Seattle 15, San Diego 15
Philadelphia 39, Green Bay 26
Indianapolis 24, St. Louis 14
San Francisco 12, Denver 19,

Friday, August 28 

New England 17, Carolina 16
Detroit 22, Jacksonville 17
Tennessee 10, Kansas City 34

Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 43-19, while the Minnesota Vikings stayed perfect with another victory on the day.

EJ Manuel, one of the men battling to be the starting quarterback for the Bills, puts himself in a perfect position after impressing his coach.

The former Florida State man got the nod on Saturday from coach Rex Ryan and he made his case to recover his starting place after completing 7 of 8 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Bills.

Manuel finished with an impressive 158.3 passing rating on three drives, while throwing a 67-yard pass to tight end Charles Clay and one from 37-yards to Tobias Palmer for touchdowns.

Tyrod Taylor, who was the leading contender before the Week 3 contest on Saturday, was 12 of 13 for 122 yards, in addition to rushing for a 20-yard touchdown.

Fourth-string Matt Simms, who has been confirmed as the starter for the final preseason game on Thursday against the Lions, completed all five of his passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Cassel, the other man fighting for the starting place for the Bills, was 6 of 7 for 38 yards.

“This is the ideal situation we had talked about,” Ryan said about his quarterback position.

“This is exactly what I wanted. And all three guys played to their abilities.

“The decision will be made and we’ll move forward.”

The Minnesota Vikings improved to 4-0 in preseason with a 28-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys with Taylor Heinicke completing all 11 of his passes for 83 yards and Teddy Bridgewater was also perfect from his seven attempts for 76 yards.

For Dallas, Tony Romo went 5 of 8 for 88 yards, while finding Terrance Williams from 60 yards and Lucky Whitehead from 8 yards for touchdowns in the defeat.

The Cowboys, who are still without a win in the 2015 preseason, led 14-13 at halftime, but failed to score in the next two-quarters and the Vikings pulled away in the end.

In other NFL preseason scores in Week 3 on Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the injured hit Green Bay Packers, 39-26, while Washington Redskins defeated Baltimore Ravens, 31-13.

Quarterback Sam Bradford went a perfect 10 of 10 for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to its third successive win in preseason, but the Packers saw receiver Randall Cobb picking up a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly on his right side trying to take a catch.

Mark Sanchez, who took over from Bradford in the second quarter, was 13 of 19 for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

With starter Aaron Rodgers sitting out this contest, rookie Brett Hundley got the start and he went 22 of 31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat for the Green Bay Packers, who had right tackle Bryan Bulaga leaving the game late in the first quarter with a left ankle injury and safety Micah Hyde carted to the sideline in the second quarter with a neck spasm.

In more preseason scores on the day, the Denver Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers, 19-12 with Peyton Manning throwing for 124 yards and one interception on 14 of 21, the Cleveland Browns defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-7 and the Jets, won the New York battle against the Giants, 28-18.

Preseason NFL Scores on Week 1 – August 15

NFL Preseason 2015

TEXAS, Sporting Alert – The Kansas City Chiefs recovered from a slow start to beat the Arizona Cardinals 34-19 in an NFL preseason game on Saturday.

Arizona raced out tp a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but were then held scoreless until the last quarter, as the Chiefs dominated and put up the next 31 points after the weak start of their opening warmup fixture.

Backup quarterback Chase Daniel paced the way for Kansas City as he went 17-of-29 for 189 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in two quarters of play on Saturday.

Starter Alex Smith, who was intercepted on the Chiefs’ first possession, was 6-of-10 for 42 yards.

“The ones could have been sharper,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “… The twos and threes played tremendous and they moved the ball.

“Chase did a nice job with that group.”

Fred Williams collected six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Da’Ron Brown and Darrin Reaves also scoring for the Chiefs in the preseason victory.

Meanwhile, for the Cardinals, third-string quarterback Logan Thomas completed 9 of 15 for 107 yards and one interception.

Carson Palmer, who returns from a bad injury last season, completed all four of his passes for 77 yards and he was delighted to be back to playing again.

“It’s great to be back and play on this grass again in front of our fans and in our stadium,” Palmer said.

“It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a lot of days since I saw this day in the future.”

Also grabbing NFL preseason wins in Week 1 on Saturday were the Houston Texans and the Minnesota Vikings.

At NRG Stadium in Texas, Houston grabbed a 23-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, while the Vikings picked up its second win of the 2015 preseason campaign, following a 26-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Lots of eyes were on rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who had a mixed outing on debut for Tampa Bay.

The former Florida State star man made a sluggish start to his first NFL appearance – finishing with 9 of 19 for 131 yards and a threw an interception. He also had an eight-yard drive for a score in the second quarter.

NFL Preseason Scores on Week 1 – Aug. 16

Kansas City 34, Arizona 19
San Francisco 10, Houston 23
Tampa Bay 16, Minnesota 26

NFL 2015 Preseason Week 1 Schedule

NFL Preseason Week schedule

The 2015 preseason fixtures hit full swing on Thursday with a full schedule, following Sunday’s NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings.

The busy Week 1 will see some 16 preseason fixtures taking place between August 13-17.

Among the teams on the schedule for Thursday is the at New England Patriots, who will entertain the Green Bay Packers.

Elsewhere in the NFL preseason Week 1 fixtures, the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers will face-off, Kansas City Chiefs travel at Arizona Cardinals, who just offered running back Chris Johnson a reported one-year deal, while the troubled New York Jets will take on the Detroit Lions.

WEEK 1 (Aug. 13-17)

NFL Week 1 Full Preseason Schedule

Carolina at Buffalo
Dallas at San Diego
Denver at Seattle
Green Bay at New England
Indianapolis at Philadelphia
Kansas City at Arizona
Miami at Chicago
New Orleans at Baltimore
NY Giants at Cincinnati
NY Jets at Detroit
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville
San Francisco at Houston
St. Louis at Oakland
Tampa Bay at Minnesota
Tennessee at Atlanta
Washington at Cleveland

SUNDAY’S NFL/Hall of Fame Game

Preseason action got underway on Sunday, 9 August in Canton, Ohio, where the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, which was televised live on NBC, at 8 p.m. ET.

Last weekend’s game between the Steelers and the Vikings took place at Fawcett Stadium.

Although it will be a preseason fixture, Sunday’s contest between the Steelers and the Vikings is expected to be fun and entertaining, with both clubs expecting to get most of their roster involved.

At the same time though, it is highly unlikely that we will see any action from the Vikings’ veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who could even miss most of the preseason competitions.

There will also be lots of eyes on the club’s quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who will be hoping to build on his impressive season from last year where he finished with 2,919 yards and threw 14 touchdowns.

Minnesota fans will also be interested in seeing how Bridgewater connects with the experienced wide receiver Mike Wallace.

In the meantime, Sunday’s contest will see the Minnesota Vikings taking part in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game for the fourth time, but it will be the club’s first time since 1997.

The Steelers, meanwhile, will be appearing in its sixth NFL/Hall of Fame Game and the first time since 2007 when they defeated the New Orleans Saints, 20-7.

NFL/Hall of Fame Game: Sunday, Aug. 9

Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota Live on NBC and NBC Sports Network

Game time: 8:00 PM ET.

Five NFL Coaches Fired – Black Monday

LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The following are the five NFL coaches who were fired by their respective club’s hierarchy on ‘Black Monday’, following Week 17, the final week of the regular season.

Video Highlights: NFL Coaches Sacked on Black Monday

A poor run during this season and a few unproductive terms from some, cost the likes of Cleveland Brown’s Rob Chudzinski, Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Greg Schiano, Leslie Frazier of Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz their jobs.

ESPN BREAKS THEM DOWN

“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement released by the team. “We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins.

“We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”

All five coaches failed to lead their respective teams to the playoffs this season and the bigger boss pointed out that changes had to be made.

CBS Sports discuss the possibilities of who could come in as replacements for the teams no longer with head coaches.

Watch Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings on NBC; Inactive Players

(Sporting Alert) — The following are the players who have been listed as inactive for Sunday Night Football NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Watch Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings on NBC @8:30 PM (ET)

For Green Bay (4-2), linebackers Clay Matthews (Thumb), Brad Jones (Hamstring) and Nick Perry (Foot) are all inactive.

Wide receiver James Jones, who did not take part in practice all week because of a knee problem, is also listed as inactive for the contest at Mall of America Field.

For the Minnesota Vikings (1-5,), running back Matt Asiata, who has a shoulder injury and did not practice this week, is among the listed inactive players.

Quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Rodney Smith are also out of the game, streaming live on NBC Online Player.

Green Bay – WR James Jones, LB Brad Jones, LB Clay Matthews, LB Nick Perry, CB James Nixon, TE Ryan Taylor, TE Jermichael Finley,

Minnesota – QB Josh Freeman, RB Matt Asiata, CB Shaun Prater, WR Rodney Smith, G Jeff Baca, DT Chase Baker, TE Rhett Ellison,

WatchESPN, ESPN: New York Giants vs Minnesota Vikings Live, Inactives

(Sporting Alert) — New York Giants (0-6) go in search of its first win of the new NFL season when they take on fellow strugglers the Minnesota Vikings (1-4) at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football.

8:30 PM ET, October 21, 2013
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Watch Live Streaming on WatchESPN and ESPN

The Giants have dropped all six of its opening games, including a 27-21 decision against them at Chicago Bears on Oct. 10 and hosts will be desperate to avoid another home defeat this term.

The Vikings have won just once from five games this season and come into this contest on the back of a 35-10 defeat to the Carolina Panthers the last time out.

Here are the players who have been listed as inactive for tonight’s game.

Cornerback Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and running back David Wilson (neck) are among the players listed as inactive for the New York Giants tonight.

Wide receiver Rodney Smith (hip), cornerback A.J. Jefferson (ankle) and guard Jeff Baca are all inactive for the Minnesota Vikings.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT NEW YORK GIANTS, 8:40 PM (ET)

New York Giants: RB David Wilson, CB Jayron Hosley, RB Brandon Jacobs, QB Ryan Nassib, TE Adrien Robinson, S Cooper Taylor, DT Johnathan Hankins.

Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Cassel, LB Gerald Hodges, CB A.J. Jefferson, WR Rodney Smith, G Jeff Baca, DT Chase Baker, DE Justin Trattou.